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09 February 2017

Member states have put in place over 200 marine monitoring programmes across the EU to measure the quality of the marine environment and to evaluate the effectiveness of the policy measures that they are taking to improve it. However, an evaluation by the European Commission shows that those data collection efforts fail to cover some key problems, such as marine litter and noise pollution.

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25 October 2016

After two years of preparatory work and negotiations, the Commission presented its proposal for a revised Decision on criteria and methodologies for determining good environmental status of European seas. While the legislation is now clearer and promotes stronger regional cooperation, some important safeguards are still missing to ensure an adequate level of protection of our seas and ocean. The legislation not only lacks an independent process to decide when Good Environmental Status is achieved but also has some inconsistencies with other European environmental policies. Seas At Risk, together with other NGOs, urged the Commission to address these issues.

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26 September 2016

98% of offshore waters remain unprotected under Natura 2000, Europe’s key conservation network

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01 July 2016

Brussels – It’s been a very tempestuous week of political fallout since the UK voted by 52% to leave the European Union in a public vote. Seas At Risk is determined to continue working with its members inside and outside the UK for a healthy marine environment.

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08 June 2016

8 June is the United Nations day for World Oceans. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’, yet developments during 2016 have shown just how much more needs to be done to preserve our seas from the effects of human activity. 

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19 April 2016

Between 4 and 7 April, over 450 activists committed to protecting the ocean and climate responded to the call made ​​by various associations including Seas At Risk member Surfrider and many others.

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30 September 2014

Brussels - Karmenu Vella, candidate for Commissioner for Fisheries and Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, survived his hearing in the European Parliament relatively unscathed, but without convincing that the Juncker Commission will put sustainability at the heart of their agenda.

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11 September 2014

Brussels – The new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, revealed his new team of Commissioners yesterday, and unveiled the surprising plan to merge the Environment and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolios into one position. 

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07 July 2014

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) has entered a crucial implementation phase, as countries are now developing the programmes of measures to maintain or achieve good environmental status for marine waters by 2020.

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03 March 2014

Brussels, 3-4 March 2014 -- Seas At Risk attended the Healthy Oceans - Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) conference in Brussels at the start of March. 



The conference, organised by the European Commission’s directorate for Environment, focused on the progress on the implementation of the 2008 Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), and brought together numerous NGOs and other stakeholders from all the EU member states. 



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20 February 2014

Brussels, 20th February 2014. Poor implementation, poor coordination, poor integration. This, in a nutshell, is the Commission’s view of progress in implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) so far. 

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12 September 2013

The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) – an independent commission aimed at tackling issues facing the high seas - is seeking views on how to reverse degradation of the oceans and restore them to full, sustainable productivity.

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07 August 2013

On the 8th June, World Ocean Day, cyclists from the Race for the Baltic team left Malmö on a 3-month journey cycling 3500km of Baltic Sea coastline across nine countries.

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21 May 2013

Today, on European Maritime Day, 26 environmental NGOs come together as one voice to demand that the proposed Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Management (MSP-ICM) gets a firmer environmental legal basis.

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18 April 2013

Offshore wind farms are becoming a major part of the European-wide drive to end reliance on fossil fuels and increase the amount of energy coming from renewable sources. A report from Sweden has conducted the first major review of wind farm effects on marine life.

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14 March 2013

Environmental NGOs have welcomed the proposal for a Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Coastal Management as a tool to help achieve sustainable maritime development, but want to ensure that crucial environmental commitments are not traded off against sectoral ones in the process.

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22 February 2013

Three years after the world’s worst oil spill at sea and EU legislators are on the verge of agreeing a weak and inadequate response to protecting the European marine environment from a Deepwater Horizon style future oil spill.

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17 December 2012

EU countries are not being ambitious enough in implementing the Marine Directive, national targets for 2020 are too weak and there are major shortcomings in coordination at the international level. These are the key findings of a survey held among European NGOs earlier this year.

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30 November 2012

A new report highlighting the economic benefits of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) in Scottish waters estimates the worth to be £6.3 to £10 billion over 20 years.

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26 March 2012

A study commissioned by the European Commission has analysed different possibilities for policy measures aimed at improving the marine environment. The study’s recommendations are a source of information for Member States when implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and include examples of cost effective measures for the protection of the marine environment.

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